2480 all the way!!!
DAWs have their place, too, but latency is not fun, and all of the extra interfaces are expensive. Then there's all the drivers, compatibility on your desktop/laptop, and the worst....all the learning curve when all we really want to do is create.
If you have the time and you have the money, DAW + new laptop is good investment. It will run circles around the 2480 in the long run....but only after much more money and much more time...a lot!!!